Hapoel Soccer

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By Jeff Seidel
December 6, 2006

WJW Sports Correspondent

The Hapoel Soccer club ended its fall season last weekend with a banquet honoring players and coaches, all of whom had some fun.

Overall, the league gave out 320 player trophies, 32 team trophies and four "Big Trophies." Here's a list of those four big awards:

The Samuel Singer "Hasmada" Award, going to the player the most diligence, persistence and determination, went to Menachem Shemtov.

Saadia Tuchman and Adina Wakschlag both won the Richard H. Stewart Jr. "Kavod" Leadership Award, given to the player or players who demonstrated the greatest leadership skills and honor and respect to his fellow players, coaches, referees and fans.

Rachel Sniffen won the "Teshiva" Award, given to the player who improved the most as both a player and a person since last season or throughout the course of this year.

Coach Jay Levine got the Yarden Frankl "Coach" Award, the honor given to the coach who demonstrated throughout the course of the season the values and philosophy of the league, specifically helping players push themselves as athletes while not losing sight of the importance of menschlikeit.

There also were several other parent/child games played to end the season, six overall.

Coach Jeff Weiss scored the game-winning goal in Potomac's 1-0 victory over Kemp Mill in the first All-Mensch game (for men/boys).

Josh Weiss scored once to help Potomac to a 2-0 victory over White Oak in another. White Oak and Kemp Mill played to a scoreless tie in another game.

Joey Gould scored the game-winning goal for Potomac in another 1-0 victory over Kemp Mill.

Jacob Myers got the only goal in White Oak's 1-0 victory over Kemp Mill in another game. Potomac also topped White Oak, 1-0, in another game.

Overall, Potomac wound up being the All-Mensch champion for this season.

On the girls' side, Lynn Charytan Zweben and Abbie Weiss each scored once to give Potomac a 2-0 victory over Silver Spring in that All-Mensch game.

Silver Spring had won the All-Mensch title last year for both the boys and girls.

All of this represented the end of another successful season for Hapoel Soccer. League officials are hoping for even better things in the seasons to come.

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